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to france military offensive. the obama administration was quick to react. leon panetta called it a terrorist attack. a u.s. official told me as of now the attack appeared organized, not spontaneous. al qaeda linked groups are flourishing. we spoke to a leader in the islamic group. he is working with one of al qaeda's most senior leaders, mokhtar mel mokhtar. >> the fate of these hostages, they are at risk, because things have to change. that's what he said. tonight, we cover the story from every angle. we will be speaking with mike rogers and ed royce. >>> we begin with cnn pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence. obviously, this has been developing throughout the day. we have been struggling to chase this down and get the details. the u.s. government says it is taking the lead on the hostage situation. what is it doing to make sure the americans who are being held hostage are safe? >> erin, the first thing they did was to get some satellite surveillance over that area which means that the fbi can now monitor to some extent what is happening on the grown. the next thing the u.s
they will pose a threat. the obama administration to say this was a terrorist attack immediately. are they doing a good job handling this one? >> it is too early to tell. this is a difficult one. i'm not going to say that. when you have a group like this that is clearly well-organized, i think it was pre-planned, that had this much success with this many hostages. this is as hard a problem as it gets on the ground to unwind. the outcomes of these are not always great. that said, what we don't have is an overarching policy. this is what many of us have been talking about. mali is the first victim of libya, because of the weapon cashes that were raided and the inability of anyone to stop those weapons and people. you had tune you had tu nearbyians coming down. you have all of this converging together. it makes it a very, have he dangerous recipe. that's why you can't just handle mali or benghazi. you have to have an overarching plan that puts pressure on these groups. you can't just fire a few missiles and pack up and go home and hope for the best. it is not going to work. this is a can of worms.
america would not have been changed at all by his administration. if barack obama had the economy growing at 5%, it still would be fundamentally changed by virtue of his presidency. >> i want to bring three more cliffs on the horizon, the debt ceiling, sequester and continuing budget resolution. the very beginning of this second movie, how is this going to set the plate? >> well, i think that it's important to note that the hardest part is over. they managed to get through the fiscal cliff without allowing these huge tax increases in spending cuts. they delayed the spending cuts. there's a lot of work ahead of them. there's been deficit reduction they've managed to get done in the past year. the problem, i think, is political. it's not economic. right now, congress is obviously very divided. they're not working together. they're going to have to, if they want to, for instance, raise the debt ceiling and avoid a financial crisis. the question is, can barack obama do a better job of helping them do that because there's been a lot of complaints in congress that he hasn't been leading. he has
are being held by terrorists. but we do know the united states, the obama administration has rejected an offer to exchange an undisclosed number of american hostages. other hostages have been freed and hair he would winning new details are emerging about their treatment. for the details, let's bring in jill dougherty. she's over at the state department. jill? >> wolf, just a few minutes ago here at the state department i was upstairs, secretary clinton meeting with the japanese foreign minister and both of them discussing this crisis in algeria. she said that she had spoken yet again with her algerian counterpart and she stressed once again, she said, the upmost concern they have is for the safety and security of the hostages. but when i asked her about the criticism that's being leveled by the united states and other countries against some aspects of this operation, the algerian operation, here is what she said. >> let's not forget, this is an act of terror. the perpetrators are the terrorists. they are the ones who have assaulted this facility, have taken hostage algerians and other
. the white house issued a statement last night saying that the obama administration was in close contact with the algerian government, but still trying to, "gain a fuller understanding of what exactly happened there and what the situation is now." that's really where it stands. still trying to determine from the algerians what transpired. they cracked down on these terrorists very quickly. the loss of the hostages' lives. but this is something that the algerians clearly wanted something to make clear. they were going to handle themselves and they handled it as they saw fit. randi? >> but they're certainly getting a lot of criticism coming out yesterday for trying to launch this attack to try to end it. what are the rest of the world and the leaders saying about this assault and how it all went down? >> that is exactly the question. publicly they are saying that absolutely the violence was the result of the attack by this group of militants, but right now what this poses for intelligence services around the world and especially for the u.s. is a very crucial question. al qaeda in north af
i disagree with margaret a little bit. i don't think the obama administration has been shy about using things like drones to, you know, take out american enemies and members of al qaeda. and, you know, i would disagree with you a little bit piers on the domestic front being a focus in his second term. usually the way the second terms play out is you only have about 10 to 12 months in the first year to hit the ground really fast and pass your domestic agenda. once that is up, a lot of presidents in their second term start to turn towards foreign policy. and he's got a long list of foreign policy challenges in the second term. iranian nukes, how to deal with china. you know, a big sort of macro agenda in the obama administration has been to reduce our footprint in the middle east, become less entangled in that part of world and pivot towards engaging with east asia. and there's been a lot of work in the first term that has strengthened ties between the u.s. and many east asia countries. and obama officials talk about that as a big project of the second term. >> well, that is the pe
criticism of her and the obama administration like this from a republican senator and potential 2016 presidential hopeful, rand paul. >> had i been president at the time and found you did not read the cables from benghazi, did not read the cables, i would have relieved you from your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> president obama picked senator john kerry to lead the state department after ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. you'll recall rice caught a lot of flack over the benghazi attack. kerry is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. >>> we are still talking about this probably for the last time, though. an inaugural official told cnn that pop star beyonce did not sing the national anthem live on inauguration day. the official asked to not be identified and it was beyonce herself who made the decision the night before. >> now you think it's done? >> i don't think we'll hear from her at least not for a while on this subject. yesterday there was at least a mystery, did she or did she. now it appears she didn't. there you go. >>> the truth about manti te'o, the
right now and make this announcement. two very important positions as far as this obama administration is concerned. both require senate confirmation. >> what are does mary jo white do for diversity? a lot of criticism about diversity in the administration. >> she is a woman obviously and there is criticism that that he is not surrounding himself with enough women. he was talking to a bunch of guys. this will help a little bit. there will be more women down the road by white house officials and don't draw final conclusions about the gender and minority make up of this second term obama administration. the president will be aggressive in getting the excellent people from all sorts of backgrounds. i think let's see what he does. senior positions in the white house are opening up even as we speak right now and the president i'm sure will have a wight range of people being brought in. >> stick around with me for this announcement from the white house. we will take a break and we will be back on the other side. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk
. former white house official in the obama administration. van, four years ago, you were getting ready to work in the white house. lot different this time. >> yeah, yeah, last time it was excitement. the sense that we could not believe it was happening. now it's conformation. i think there was a sense that, you know, was this an accident of history. was he just sort of getting lucky because bush made mistakes, was it his smile? no, it was for real. we can do this had and for him now to be going out there, with the lincoln bible, and the mlk bible, 150 years ago. the emancipation proclamation, he could not be standing up there, barack obama a black man. and dr. king, without him, he would not be standing there. so the two men, he is there with both bibles. it's just a sense of conformation about what a country we are. >> despite the conformation and all the pomp and circumstances, the president needs to work with congress and the republican house that he has butted heads with so much, how do you think the president should address the bitter partisan divide that exists in washington in t
. they are called citizen co-chairs, something new the obama administration decided to launch. eight people were chosen by the president's inaugural committee because they are said to reflect the core values of the administration. ken yet ta jones is one of the citizen co-chairs and joins us live. you must be very excited about being one of only eight people excited. each of you is said to reflect a different aspect of the president's first term. what is your story? what do you represent? >> actually, i represent label, uaw, and the auto industry. just labor in america, which is what america was made on the backs of labor people and we represent america in that's expect. >> so how were you chosen and how did you find out? >> well, actually, i was chosen based on my past participation from introduction for president barack obama in toledo, ohio, scott high school, and that carried on to being a spokesperson at the democratic national convention, as an american hero and then a week ago, i got the call to participate here as a co-chair. >> so the eight of you met with president obama on friday, tel
. but outside afghanistan, the obama administration has been hesitant to put more boots on the ground. so they'll continue to rely heavily on drones. >> predators and reapers are the signature weapon of the war against al qaeda. >> reporter: president bush launched the first wave of drone strikes, mostly targeting al qaeda leaders in pakistan. then president obama took office and increased the number of targets. he expanded the program into yemen, where al qaeda was planning attacks on the u.s. and sboob lawless somalia. the pentagon and cia have been working together in those areas. over the next four year, officials want to specifically grow the partnership between intel and special operations forces. >> it is central to our ability to solve our most pressing national security challenges. >> reporter: perhaps the most pressing, a cyber attack that instruments communication, transportation and vital services across multiple states. >> these kinds of attacks could be a cyber pearl harbor. an attack that would cause physical destruction and the loss of life. >> reporter: it may not even be phys
five and a half hours of children, there was also intense criticism of her and the obama administration, like this from republican senator rand paul. >> had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you of your post. i think it's inskewedabexcusabl >> some people are implying that the emotion you saw from secretary clinton was preplanned. so coming up in our next half hour, we're going to talk about that with senator ron johnson, who was one-half of the most heated exchange with the secretary. >>> of course less than three hours from now, senator john kerry will be in a nomination hearing for secretary of state. hillary clinton is expected to introduce kerry to the senate committee. president obama picked kerry to succeed clinton after susan rice withdrew her name. soledad. >> john, thanks. >>> an historic announcement happening later today. women will be allowed on the front lines of war. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta and the joint chiefs chairman martin d
deeply offense sive to the obama administration, which the president attacked in the state of the union address in 2010, in front of john roberts, something robert didn't like at all. june 25 last year the obama care decision the central achievement of his presidency august 5-4 decision where chief justice roberts shocked everyone, myself very much included, voting to uphold the law, that makes up for everything else h that decision got other wake the obama presidency would look very different. >> david, anthony kennedy would have done that wouldn't have been that shocked but for the chief justice you john roberts, to do it, it says a lot about where he is coming from. >> it does. and there's a lot -- there are a lot of indications that at the end of the day john roberts placed the reputation of the court above all other considerations, because if he had gone against obama care, down 5-4, five conservatives voting it down there was a real fear the court would seem poll lit side, the indications are that he went the other way. what's striking to me there were actually two republicans who
he might or the obama administration might carry that out in a place like algeria where that government and their military forces are making it clear they don't want outside help, might be pretty hard for the u.s. to live up to that promise at least for the moment. ashleigh? >> well, you know, barbara, we're four month from september 11th, we're in next door libya we still don't have an arrest of said terrorists who dared to do what they did to us, kill our ambassador and take out others who were serving in the mission there, so i love that tough talk. but, please, really, can we? >> yeah. no, i think you have actually just hit on it. everyone is now very anxious to say that north africa, mali, algeria, tunisia, libya, egypt, all of this is the new front for al qaeda, safe havens, the war on terror. a lot of words being thrown around, ashleigh, but action on the ground, being able to put military force into there and hunt down these north african al qaeda leaders and the cells of al qaeda, that's another thing. a lot of these countries are not anxious for outside force,
the obama administration, indeed, for the next four years. >> how much do you think this is going to be questioned about clearly this hostage incident has been remarkable in its nature. what's happening in mali, northern mali also remarkable in terms of the islamist strong hold in northern mali. how much have these two hearings, i should note she's going to be in front of the senate foreign relations committee at 9:00 eastern and the house foreign affairs committee at 2:00, how much of the hearings will be what we can look forward to in terms of problems? how much will be looking back at benghazi? >> i'd say probably half and half. i think there's going to be a lot of questions from republicans about the blunders that were made. four state department officials were put on administrative leave, resigned, forced to resign including the deputy secretary of state. why was he in benghazi on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, a day when everybody in the world was bracing for some sort of terrorist action? why was he there? why was he there with such limited security? and where were the libya
still have yet to find a way to pin down any of the obama administration officials for any tangible wrongdoings. >> fran, do you think it was a waste of time? >> i do think it was a waste of time. and it was unfortunate, anderson. you've had on family members on your program and i imagine myself as a family member if i had lost somebody watching this. look, it was a waste of time to ask secretary clinton about the talking points given to ambassador susan rice. >> and that's what -- they seemed to spend a lot of time on talking points given to susan rice. >> right. and yet when ambassador -- when secretary clinton sort of loses her temper in the senate hearing and says what difference does it make whether this resulted from a protest or some guys who went out for a walk and decided to kill americans, the right comeback to that was it does matter. if you're telling us you want to solve the prorks you have blem, understand what caused that. >> let's play the moment. where she got mad at senator johnson. >> again, we were misled that there were protests and then something sprang out of
, in fact, the reason why there is a second obama administration and that they are going to pay tribute to that tonight. all of those interviews coming up in the next hour. >> thanks, suzanne. >> i was going to say all work and no play makes suzanne a dull anchor. enjoy yourself. >> exactly. >> work can wait. as we all know, plans for the inauguration have been under way long before the country knew would mitt romney win or president obama get four more years? ahead, behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly. a. would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health. come with a little extra help in the kitchen. in a first of its kind partnership with walmart, humana medicare plans now include 5% savings on
, the secretary of state, hillary clinton, is counting down to a new beginning of her own. she's leaving the obama administration in a few weeks and a job that's transformed her image. cnn's kate baldwin was allowed inside secretary clinton's world and she spoke with some of the insiders who know her best. >> this is the second home of one of the world's most iconic women and we've been granted rare access as the country's top diplomat ends an unexpected four-year journey working for the man with whom she once traded blows. bitter rivals yet -- >> i endorse him and throw my full support behind him. >> just as hillary clinton showed her support for president obama, obama showed his faith in clinton. >> i have no doubt that hillary clinton is the right person to lead our state department and to work with me in tackling this ambitious foreign policy agenda. >> what was hillary clinton's initial reaction when you told her, look, they're considering you as a possibility for secretary of state? >> she didn't believe it. >> fell leap is one of clinton's closest aides. >> i e-mailed her, i think it was th
. >> senator kerry telling senator johnson he does not agree with the claim that the obama administration intentionally misled the american public about what happened at benghazi. >>> coming up, you're about to hear the voice mail left by the woman who pretended to be the football player manti te'o's girlfriend and his emotional response. ♪ reach one customer at a time? ♪ or help doctors turn billions of bytes of shared information... ♪ into a fifth anniversary of remission? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. using cloud computing and mobile technology, verizon innovators have developed a projective display for firefighters. allowing them to see through anything. because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions. powerful answers. verizon. good morning, turtle. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ ♪ all set? all set. [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse, with spaciou
their children. >> republican lawmakers have been fiercely critical, of course, of the obama administration's response to the attack in benghazi. then secretary clinton got a little fired up during some of the testimony. >> do you disagree with me that a simple phone call to those evacuees to determine what happened wouldn't have ascertained immediately that there was no protests? i mean, that was -- that was a piece of information that could have been easily, easily obtained. >> well, but senator -- >> within hours if not days. >> senator, i -- you know, when you're in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on. >> i realize that -- >> number one. number two. >> i realize that's a good excuse. >> no, it's a fact. number two, i would recommend highly you read both what the ard said about it and the classified ard because even today there are questions being raised. now we have no doubt that they were terrorists, they were militants. they attacked us, they killed our people but what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing. >>
? >> the government, this is the first step, roland, that the obama administration wants to do. they want to go much farther than this, and there are a lot of people, including myself, that doesn't believe that the federal government should have this type of registry. >> state governments, if you want to conceal a handgun, you have to apply for it. that's a public record. that particular document there. and this is the argument that the nra makes. let's not do any one step, because that could be the first step that leads to this, as opposed to saying, wait a minute, is this a logical first step and if someone wants to go further, we'll fight that. but trying to stop it before it even frankly -- >> i don't understand how it's intimidation. >> i would say the first steps have already been taken this is a continuation of those . >> are you a gun owner? >> i do. >> do you feel like now that people know you have a shotgun. >> if they publish my name and put is on a website, my home address, and a picture of my house, i would feel that's nobody elses business. i don't believe that the federal should keep
stories. the obama administration's push to expand gun control measures, the vice president delivers a high profile address to the u.s. conference of mayors, nearly 300 mayors are expected to attend. >>> firefighters trying to save people from a fire in russia, that was a chunk of snow that fell from the roof, he is up on a ladder four stories high, a fellow firefighter managed to hang on and help his colleague and amazingly able to save a small charge. >>> "american idol" is back for season 12. mariah carey and nicki minaj had something to do. >> if she calls me something that begins with a "b" and adds about an itch -- what is going on with you miss minaj? >> nothing. >> hundreds auditioned for the judges but so far i'm told there have been no major standouts. >> i'm going to steal that, just say to someone, i rebuke that. i don't even know what it means but it's awesome. i want to say that. ahead on "starting point," we're going to talk about the media's point in this manti te'o's story. should there have been more vetting into the girlfriend, considering we know now she didn't ex
, specifically the president's children, to illustrate what he calls elitist hypocrisy. the obama administration called that repug nant and cowardly. maria kor don't na and will cane are joining us. welcome to both of you. >> thank you, carol. >> maria, the president highlighted one little girl in particular. her name is julia stokes. she's 7 years old. she wrote this moving letter telling the she was afraid to lose her brother and sisters and rush limbaugh mocked her and the other children in attendance. >> i've been watching the children as human shields show that is now going on at the white house. boy, these guys are somber. biden was very somber. would have thought -- i've worked with this guy 27 hours a day. president barack obama. yay. the kids cheer. the president starts reading letters from the kids, got to do what the kids want, got to answer all of the letters from santa claus. got to do everything they want. but it is -- it's stunning. you look at what's happening in the country. >> should kids be in a position to be mocked, maria? >> certainly i agree that limbaugh is limbaugh and n
, and a blood clot, clinton pushed back on the assertion that initially the obama administration deliberately misled the public. >> and we were misled, that there was supposedly protests, and then something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night that decided they'd go kill some americans. what difference, at this point, does it make?! it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: it makes quite a bit of difference, of course, in the context of the global terrorist threat throughout northern africa, including, now, mali and algeria. >> there's no doubt that the algerian terrorists had weapons from libya. >> reporter: it also makes a difference to those republicans convinced that the administration was misleading. >> i categorically reject your answer to senator johnson. to say that it's because an investigation was going on. the american people deserve to kn
of the obama administration moving forward. >> mrs. obama will be -- will have the bible and then, you know, pull it out for her husband to put his hand on. >> bernice king took her father's bible from the enclosed case at the king center to bring to the president. she showed us the worn pages and her father's handwritten notes from 1954. >> i'm sure this travelled with him as he left montgomery. that's on a monday date. he would leave on monday. >> reporter: yes. >> and fly back to boston. he was studying and meditating. >> reporter: bernice king says the president's second term perhaps is even more important than the first. >> there's a lot of pain, there's a lot of hurt. >> reporter: absolutely. >> we went through a lot of tragedy last year. a lot of political divisiveness. and it's just time for that healing and reconciliation. and daddy's, you know, work represented that. >> reporter: king says she believes president obama in trying to reunite the country is striking the right tone. >> he could have after the election said, how do you like me now? you know what i'm saying? it's hard. i
, to carry forward the obama administration's foreign policy and i urge his speedy confirmation. as we've heard from both the chairman and ranking member, as we just heard from senator warren, he will bring about a leadership that is ex am plear. he has acted as the young returning veteran from vietnam who appeared before this committee through the time that he served with such distinction as its chairman. he's been a valued partner to this administration and to me personally. he has fought for our diplomats and development experts. he understands the value of investing in america's global leadership. and as we work to implement the accountability review boards recommendations, he's committed to doing whatever it takes to prevent another attack and protect our people and posts around the world. now, working together we've achieved a great deal but the state department and usaid have a lot of unfinished business from afghanistan to proliferation to climate change and so much. we need to continue to ramp up economics as a tool for advancing america interests and jobs, pressing forward wi
head and that question is, can we stop using guns? >> the obama administration has come under fire for incorporating the children into that news conference. some conservatives say the children are being used as props. >>> and this weekend scores of children, their parents, and others will descend on washington ahead of president obama's inauguration. the chairs are being placed. dress rehearsals are taking place, but if you're headed to d.c., you better bundle up because the forecast calls for flurries on inauguration day. national guardsmen from more than 25 states making their way to the nation's capital. an estimated 6,000 will be on hand to help with security. and while it may be crowded on the roads, the scene will be a little less hectic at dulles international, the region's busiest airport may close one of its runways to accommodate the private planes flying in some parts -- flying in vips from across the country. >>> our own vip, wolf blitzer, he'll be hosting "the situation room" live from the national mall this afternoon, that starts at 4:00 p.m. eastern and we'll have sp
up the latino vote. going forward in his second term, the obama administration can expect the latino community will keep a close eye on whether or not the president can deliver his promise on comprehensive immigration reform. nick valencia, cnn. >> so given the la to inknow voter support, it is no surprise the president has set immigration reform as a top priority for his second term. now gun control has also vaulted to the top of that list. those are also big priorities for los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa. he joins me now. it's always great to see you. >> great to be with you and john and kate, as well. >> mayor, you sent a letter recently to vice president biden as he was working on his gun control proposals. you had some suggestions for him. what did you say? >> we need universal background checks. 40% of all the gun sales don't require a background check because they're private sales. we need to toughen our gun laws. we need assault weapons ban. we need to make sure that we deal with gun trafficking and what they call straw purchasers. these are people that buy guns legall
for the obama administration, which has had a tense relationship with the right wing netanyahu government. >>> and here's a fun one. a big shake up at the top of the twitterverse. justin bieber now has the most twitter followers in the world, surpassing the previous title holder. who would that be? lady gaga. at last count, twitter has 33,351,695 people hanging on his every tweet, pushing gaga into second place, followed by rihanna, katy perry, president obama, and closely thereafter, wolf blitzer. @katebaldwin, @wolfblitzer. we'll pick up a few right now. >>> a vicious second term agenda. could democrats be the biggest obstacle for president obama. we'll ask the chair of the democratic party, representative debbie wasserman schultz. she's standing by live. officemax can help you drive supply costs down... and down. use your maxperks card and get a 10-ream case of officemax multiuse paper for just 4.99 after maxperks rewards. find thousands of big deals now... at officemax. trying to find a better job can likbe frustrating.gs, so at university of phoenix we're working with a growing list
that in an inaugural address? >> it's a little bit surprising, but given his history, the obama administration's history with the repeal of don't ask, don't tell and also his revolution of gay marriage, it's not that surprising. >> what about you, greg? you were surprised he specifically mentioned stonewall. >> i was surprised that he mentioned stonewall because it's not something you hear when they talk about civil rights, especially from a president, so that really struck me when he said that. >> what do you think it does for gay people not only in this country but around the world? >> i hope it pushes us forward and makes us equal with everyone else, included with everyone else in the country. >> do you feel an additional sense of pride having heard the president mention that today? >> yes, i do. i really do. it makes me feel good to be an american right now and makes me think things will be better in the future. >> thanks pho boto both of you, thanks to the students from kentucky who stood around and waite waited. for you, it was really a speech about better equality? >> i think speeches a
on what was a very momentous day today for president obama and his administration, and i think for america? >> well, look. i think this is a really polarizing issue. there are people who, you know -- i think most americans are pretty reasonable out there about this, whether you're in the nra or not, that there is some sort of limit. can you have a tank? i mean, i'd like to have a tank. i think that would be kind of fun. >> we would all love to have a tank. >> i'd like to have a locomotive too, but i don't have one. >> do you believe the constitution gives you the right to have a tank? >> well, i think the constitution -- when the founding fathers wrote the constitution, i don't think they envisioned, you know, rapid-fire weapons or anything like that. much like, you know, when they wrote certain things in the bible. they didn't know anything else. so it was of the time. so i think this is something that is open to interpretation. >> how do you get through the debate when i have two conservatives on there who basically didn't agree with a single one of the president's proposals today, not o
with the preface, john. >> i thought you might. >> barack obama -- look, this notion that partisanship has taken over. it began when barack obama became president. i was chairman of the financial service committee of 2007 in the bush administration and i worked very closely with hank paulson, secretary of the treasury. we worked on putting fannie mae and freddie mac to stop the lawsuits. george bush went to harry reid and nancy pelosi in december of 2007. he said the economy is slipping, i need a stimulus and they worked with him to give him the kind he can sign. then 2008, the terrible crisis and it was a very partisan thing in which the bush administration got more support from democrats and republicans in the final vote. then comes the election of barack obama and mitch mcconnell's announcement that his number one agenda item is to defeat president obama. we have, i think, a productive 2009 and 2010 and then in 2010, a group gets elected in the house, in particular, we don't believe in governance. not totally pessimistic. the way to go we've seen in the last three major issues in the house, a
where it can backfire hillary clinton in the first clinton administration. >> a crucial role michelle obama played giving that speech which was very well received. >> she helps to humanize him and provide that behind had scenes look at who he is and what he's trying to accomplish. she can relate to people on a level of shared experiences. she's a working woman. she understands raising kids and juggling work and family. and when people can hear from her in that sort of long form format and really have that conversation with her, it really electroifies the room and i think that's what helped changed the dialogue in 2008. >> in that speech that she gave at the convention, i think people forgot, you know, democrats were really a little bit down. she got out there and when she spoke, that wasn't just one of the best speeches of a first lady, that was one of the best speeches in american politics in the past four years. extraordinary speech because it was so human. >> as we continue to count down to the president's official swearing in, which will be taking place, the official inauguration.
wants to be the face of her husband's administration. personifying it and sending out messages that are psychological and emotional in nature. and i think michelle obama has done that. >> you wonder about, you know, a sense of freedom for the second term. you see her, her new hairdo. do first ladies tend to express more freedom during the second term, once a campaign is over? is there less pressure to conform? >> oh, i think there's a lot less pressure all the way around. but i do have a piece of advice for mrs. obama. not that she's asked me for any of it. but one of the other sort of opportunities a first lady has is she can use what we call the unofficial sphere or the social sphere of parties and events to build community. and that capacity for the first lady goes back to our first first lady in many ways, dolly madson. and it's kind of felting we're talking about the first lady on the inauguration weekend since the very sort of first inaugural ball we think about was held in dolly madison's honor. what dolly madison showed in washington, you can use those parties and socia
photographer during the ford administrati administration, they're producing the official second barack obama inaugural book. you took a very unusual photograph of an angry president clinton. explain what was going on? >> it's a picture i wanted to take from the beginning of covering clinton, temper was a big part of who he was. he's got a great sense of humor, he's got a great focus, but you have to capture it all. your job in the white house is -- you get the complete look, and -- >> that's david gergen in the corner? >> it is. and he's kind of amused, he's out of the range. >> is that george stephanopolous? >> it is. when this started, once you worked around clinton, and i'm standing behind george, and i started thinking in my mind, this is my chance, i'm going to make it this time. i can try it, but i was really a little afraid. >> were you nervous he would direct the anger at you? >> absolutely, no, no, if i wasn't working with a little range finder -- i didn't frame the picture, i cut off clinton's hand which i wouldn't do normally. i put it back down, i was like, whew, i got away with
things were going well at the time president obama delivered his first inaugural draegs. address. let's go back a few administrations for context. bill clinton started his second term, enjoyed the highest recent number of people who felt the country was in good shape on inauguration day. >> all right. let's get to gloria borger. i was writing down those numbers. john avlon and david gergen are also here. that's an interesting set of numbers. i would look at 49 in terms of approval, things like that, six, eight months ago as a big improvement. >> it is. and his personal likability is still over 61%. but what i'm looking at is the country's expectations. when president obama was first inaugurated, he became -- and a lot of his staffers will tell you this -- sort of a victim of the high expectations that the public had for him. now the expectations are kind of lower, so the folks in the administration are saying, well, if the expectations are lower, maybe we can overperform a little instead of underperforming like people thought we did last time around. so they're kind of looking for the
for president obama and confident in terms of the issue agenda and immigration reform and also the look of the administration, that that will be reflected. >> doug brinkley, put this in historical thing, a first time in a long time you have had three back to back presidents holding two terms. does that bring with it a certain stability to the administration of the united states? >> i think it does. you know? media pays a lot of attention on who's replacing hillary clinton, john kerry and the head of cabinets but there are also a lot of reports that have been ginned up in agriculture and commerce and interior. and those now on the president's desk and using executive orders to do new things, a new type of farming procedure, a new national monument and couldn't do that in the first term and just living in the white house if you're any family coming here, the president today could watch football, come and be so calm and collected, zen-like almost tonight and be really ready for a second term and the media makes a lot out of curses of the second term but it's a great opportunity. obama care
in the administration a man of integrity. former obama aide was chief domestic policy adviser. >> dennis traveled extensively with the president. when you spend day in and day out with someone in a high stakes, very stressful set of circumstances, you get to know them well. i think they think very similarly but at the same time they are very straightforward and honest with each other. dennis isn't afraid to challenge the president. >> barns said that while m mcdonough is known for his foreign policy shops, he will be able to handle the issues. and he knows how capitol hill works. something that will be crucial in the coming fiscal fights. now, the suspected announcement comes as the president is criticized for a lack of diversity among to have staffers. his choices for secretary of defense, secretary of defense, secretary of treasury and cia director are all men. wolf? >> athena jones at the white house with the latest on that, an important position indeed. thank you. >>> monday's inauguration is a big day for president obama. historic day for the entire country. it's also a
with the community. we saw that with over 70% vote for obama. >> it's the first time until a very long time you've had three back to back presidents all doing two terms. does that bring a certain stability to the administration of the united states? >> i think it does. there are a lot of reports that have been jimmed up in agriculture and commerce and interior. he can start using executive orders to do new things on new type of farming procedure or monument. he koun do that in tcouldn't dot time. takes a while to adjust living in the white house. the media makes a lot out of these curses. obama care may have been a first term success but he's got to make it the law of the land. >> most presidents had been hit by this curse. ronald reagan has the iran contra scandal. they all seem to get unsettled and unravelled by a big event often beyond their control. barack obama, we don't know what it may be. it may be nothing. he has the green shoot for a better economy. hi didn he didn't have that four years ago. is that going to be a significant help to him? >> think about second term dwight eisenhower.
's me! >> it's really brilliant what she's done in keeping a secret. in previous administrations, while there was always interest in what the first lady wore, there was never this read carpet moment. >> reporter: red was definitely on her mind. an exclusive look at jason wu's sketch of the obama gown, and clearly there was something here that caught the first lady's eye. in choosing wu, she once again puts the taiwanese born designer, who lives in new york, on the biggest world stage. not to be forgotten, another outfit on display. the one the first lady wore on inauguration morning. her choice this time? coat and dress by american designer thom browne. we tracked him down at his hotel in paris. celebrating the moment. >> you can never predict life to happen this way, and i'm so fortunate, so honorsed that she chose mine. >> reporter: the 47-year-old designer choes fabric based on men's silk ties. >> i had an idea that the president would be wearing navy, and i wanted to do something where she would look really good with him. and i chose a dark navy tie, which actually a silk jacquard f
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